Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 01, 2013)
Word of the Day

conjuration

Definition:(noun) Calling up a spirit or devil.
Synonyms:invocation
Usage: The mother felt like one who has evoked a spirit, but, by some irregularity in the process of conjuration, has failed to win the master-word that should control this new and incomprehensible intelligence.
Article of the Day

Rush Hour

Rush hour—a misnomer, as it often lasts longer than a single hour—is a period of the day when traffic congestion on roads and crowding on public transportation is at its peak. These periods usually correspond to the start and end of the typical workday, when most people are commuting. Thus, there tends to be both a morning and an evening rush hour. Some areas even have a lunchtime rush hour. What system have some cities, such as São Paulo, Brazil, instituted to help curb rush hour traffic? More...
This Day in History

MTV Is Launched (1981)

MTV is an American cable television network that was originally created to broadcast videos of pop and rock musicians. It quickly gained a wide following, and soon virtually all major pop and rock performers were making videos to be aired on MTV. In the 1990s, MTV diversified its programming, airing game shows, cartoons, sitcoms, documentaries, and reality shows. The network has had a profound impact on both the music industry and popular culture. What was the first music video aired on MTV? More...
Today's Birthday

Herman Melville (1819)

Neglected for much of his career but now considered one of the greatest American writers, Melville was born into an impoverished family and had little formal schooling. He sailed for the South Seas on a whaler in 1841, jumped ship after 18 months, and spent the next 2 years on various Pacific islands. His popular first novels were based on these adventures. His masterpiece, Moby-Dick, is both an intense whaling narrative and a symbolic examination of US democracy. To whom is it dedicated? More...
Quotation of the Day
Rings and other jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

think (someone) hung the moon and the stars

To consider someone to be extraordinary, the best, or exceptionally wonderful. More...
Today's Holiday

Swiss National Day

This nationwide celebration of the Swiss Confederation is observed with torchlight processions, fireworks, shooting contests, and folkloric events. The day commemorates the occasion in 1291 when representatives of the three original cantons of Schwyz, Uri, and Unterwalden met on the Rutli meadow and swore an oath of alliance and mutual defense to lay the foundations of the Confederation. More...
In the News

Recession's Toll on the Mentally Ill

Data from across the European Union reveal that in the recent recession, the unemployment rate for people with mental health problems rose twice as much as for those without. Between 2006 and 2010, the unemployment rate climbed from 7.1% to 9.8% among those who were mentally sound. Meanwhile, unemployment among those with mental health problems went from 12.7% to 18.2%. For those with mental health problems, losing a job or being unemployed can be something of a double whammy, as in addition to creating economic hardship, it can also intensify underlying mental health issues. More...
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